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José Limón

José Limón
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Artist
Philip Grausman, born 16 Jul 1935
Sitter
José Limón, 12 Jan 1908 - 2 Dec 1972
Date
1969
Type
Sculpture
Medium
Bronze
Dimensions
With Base: 50.2 x 19.4 x 22.5cm (19 3/4 x 7 5/8 x 8 7/8")
Without Base: 33.7 x 19.4 x 22.5cm (13 1/4 x 7 5/8 x 8 7/8")
Base: 16.5 x 16.5cm (6 1/2 x 6 1/2")
Topic
José Limón: Male
José Limón: Performing Arts\Performer\Dancer
José Limón: Performing Arts\Choreographer
José Limón: Performing Arts\Director\Dance
Portrait
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of an anonymous donor
Restrictions & Rights
Usage conditions apply
Copyright
© Philip Grausman
Object number
NPG.75.31
Exhibition Label
Born Culiacán, Mexico
Concert dancer and choreographer José Limón came to the United States from Mexico in 1915 and began his long career on Broadway in 1928, notably as a leading dancer in the Doris Humphrey–Charles Weidman Company. Like Humphrey and Martha Graham, Limón advocated developing an indigenous American dance, a vision he later pursued with his own company, which he formed in 1946. His first major work, The Moor’s Pavane, was hailed as “a magnificent piece of dance theater” and won the 1950 Dance Magazine award for achievement in choreography. His later works experimented with abstract themes and sound.
Provenance
Friends of the artist; gift to NPG 1975
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
Exhibition
Bravo!
On View
NPG, South Gallery 322 Mezzanine